Sheri Givens is President of Givens Energy, an Austin, Texas-based consulting, education, and advocacy firm advising on utility issues nationwide. Her professional experience includes nearly twenty years in legal, regulatory, legislative, and external affairs.
In 2017, Sheri was appointed as the Executive Director of Utilities United Against Scams, a consortium of 100-plus North American electric, gas, and water companies with a mission to combat scams by providing a forum for companies and associations to share data and best practices working together to implement initiatives to inform and protect customers. She also authored its utility consumer scam awareness and education guide supported by five utility trade associations. In 2018, she was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee and serves on the Smart Grid Subcommittee.
From 2009 to 2013, Sheri was twice appointed by the Texas Governor, and confirmed by the Texas Senate, to lead the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel, the state’s consumer advocacy agency for residential and small business utility customers representing the state's 20 million-plus consumers. Sheri was known for directing her state agency in active consumer education initiatives statewide through in-person outreach, publications, and social media during her tenure. In 2014, she received the Citation for Exceptional Service in Support of National Defense from the Association of the United States Army for founding her prior agency’s military outreach program. She served on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Texas Reliability Entity Inc. Boards of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. She currently serves on the Association of Women in Energy Board of Directors.
Sheri received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas.